Investec Derby Entries - 2016
Saturday 4th June 2016
Tremendous 475 entries for 2016 Investec Derby at Epsom Downs
Dec 10 A brother to Frankel stars among 475 yearling entries received for the 237th Investec Derby which will be staged at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 4, 2016.
The number of entries for the premier British Classic is up 66 on last year and, for the sixth year in succession, tops 400.
The yearling entry numbers for the Investec Derby in recent years are as follows:
Andrew Cooper, Head of Racing and Clerk of the Course at Epsom Downs, said today: "We are delighted with and grateful for the continuing high level of support that yearling entry for the Investec Derby receives from owners, trainers and breeders.
"These horses have been given their initial ticket to the greatest Flat race in the world, and can remain in the Classic with no further financial commitment until the March of their three-year-old careers.
"Good luck to them all."
Frankel's brother, by Galileo (winner of the 2001 Investec Derby) out of Kind, headlines 16 entries for owner Khalid Abdullah, who has three Investec Derbys to his name, courtesy of Quest For Fame (1990), Commander In Chief (1993) and Workforce (2010).
Frankel was the highest-rated horse in the modern era and probably all time, racing over a mile mainly before tackling 10 furlongs on his final two starts in 2012.
The Investec Derby is run over 12 furlongs and Frankel, who started his stud career at Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms in 2013, will have yearlings next year who can be entered in the 2017 Investec Derby.
Abdullah also has another Galileo colt in the 2016 Investec Derby, which will be worth at least £1,325,000. This one is out of star racemare Midday, who scored six times at the highest level after going down by a head to Sariska in the 2009 Investec Oaks, the fillies' Classic, at Epsom Downs.
The main Coolmore partners, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, have won the last four renewals of the Investec Derby and six in total, thanks to Australia (2014), Ruler Of The World (2013), Camelot (2012), Pour Moi (2011), High Chaparral (2002) and Galileo (2001).
They are responsible for 77 yearling entries between them, headlined by the Galileo half-brother to 2010 world champion Harbinger, who topped this year's Book 1 of the Tattersalls Yearling Sales at 2.6 million guineas, and a US$2.2 million War Front colt from Keeneland's September Yearling Sales.
Other notables for the Coolmore partners include a €1.5 million brother to Royal Ascot winner Cuis Ghaire, who was top lot at the Goffs Orby Sale, and a brother to 2015 Investec Derby favourite John F Kennedy.
Godolphin has 53 entries, the most of any single owner, headlined by a Dubawi half-brother to this year's Investec Derby hero Australia. There is also a son of dual Classic heroine Blue Bunting, and a Cape Cross colt out of a half-sister to Sea The Stars, the 2000 Oaks third Melikah, in training with Jim Bolger.
Other high-profile entries for Godolphin include two more sons of Dubawi, a 1.6 million guineas colt out of Fillies' Mile winner Crystal Music and a half-brother to multiple Group One scorer Viva Pataca, who was knocked down for 1.4 million guineas earlier this year.
Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose silks have been carried to victory in the Investec Derby by Erhaab (1994) and Nashwan (1989), has had a 2014 to remember and 46 of his yearling colts have 2016 Investec Derby entries. They include a son of New Approach out of dual Group One winner Nannina, a Medaglia d'Oro half-brother to 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati and a 400,000 guineas half-brother to Integral.
A Dubawi colt out of unbeaten champion Zarkava stands out among 15 entries for the Aga Khan, who is going for a fifth Investec Derby after the triumphs of Sinndar (2000), Kahyasi (1988), Shahrastani (1988) and Shergar (1981). The Aga Khan has also entered colts out of Group One-winning mares Daryakana, Ebadiyla and Shalanaya.
Sheikh Joann Al Thani has put forward 31 entries under his Al Shaqab Racing banner, featuring a Shamardal colt out of Irish 1,000 Guineas scorer Nightime and a Cacique half-brother to Berkshire, who are in training with John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute respectively.
Qatar Racing Limited, established by Sheikh Joaan's cousin Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, has made 16 entries, including a Deep Impact colt out of Fillies' Mile scorer Listen, a New Approach half-sister to this year's Prix Jean Romanet winner Ribbons and a half-brother to Just The Judge.
The Niarchos Family and Flaxman Stables Ireland have 10 colts engaged, headed by a pair of Galileo colts out of five-time group One winner Divine Proportions and 2007 Investec Oaks heroine Light Shift respectively. There is also a Dansili half-brother to 2012 Investec Derby runner-up Main Sequence, who strung together four consecutive Grade One victories in the US this year.
Other eye-catching entries are a pair of Galileo colts owned by Fitri Hay, who are in training with David Simcock, while Lady Bamford is responsible for a Dansili half-brother to Sariska and a brother to Eagle Top.
There are 61 colts by champion sire Galileo among the entries, the most of any stallion.
2011 Investec Derby winner Pour Moi has his first yearling entries, 11 in total.
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson part owns a son of Monsun, who is out of half-sister to multiple Group One heroine Pride and in training with German handler Andreas Wohler.
Her Majesty The Queen has four in the 2016 Investec Derby, a Classic the owner has yet to win. They are all named, Hammer Gun (by Smart Strike out of Caraboss - trained by Sir Michael Stoute), Mainstream (by Dansili out of Golden Stream - trained by William Haggas), Molten Gold (by New Approach out of Flash Of Gold - trained by Sir Michael Stoute) and Recorder (by Galileo out of Memory - trained by William Haggas).
There are two other entry stages for the 2016 Investec Derby - both in the year the premier Classic is run. The first is on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 costing £8,000 and the second on Monday, May 30, 2016, the supplementary entry stage five days beforehand, is available for £75,000.
Selected leading owners with entries in 2016 Investec Derby
(Previous winners in brackets)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor or Derrick Smith (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2011 Pour Moi, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia)
Godolphin (1995 Lammtarra)
Hamdan Al Maktoum (1989 Nashwan, 1994 Erhaab)
Al Shaqab Racing
Khalid Abdullah (1990 Quest For Fame, 1993 Commander In Chief, 2010 Workforce)
Qatar Racing Limited
Aga Khan (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 1988 Kahyasi, 2000 Sinndar)
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum (1998 High-Rise)
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing
Ballymacoll Stud (2004 North Light)
Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd
Prince A A Faisal
Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar (2007 Authorized)
Saeed Suhail (2003 Kris Kin)
Sultan Ahmad Shah
Christopher Tsui (2009 Sea The Stars)
Moyglare Stud Farm
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild